Biggby Coffee on 14 Mile opens on Monday

Come Monday, a new selection of brewed coffee, Red Bull mocktails, sandwiches and more will be only a stone’s throw away for Greenville residents.

The long-awaited Biggby Coffee will officially open for business at 12798 14 Mile Road on Monday.

‘The Michigan Disease Surveillance System is completely overwhelmed’

Montcalm County health officer shares frustration with state-run system

The Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) has been having issues with system stability since the beginning of November, according to a letter sent by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to local health departments.

Marcus Cheatham, the health officer for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, voiced his frustration during Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting regarding the MDSS, which is supposed to track statewide disease data — a crucial component of the state’s epidemiology response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Montcalm County medical director shares update about COVID-19 vaccines

Three new vaccines and a new antibody treatment are hopefully just weeks away from becoming available to health care workers.

Dr. Jennifer Morse, the medical director of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, gave an update on the progress during Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting.

MAISD facing numerous staff shortages, due in part to COVID-19

As schools have weighed the option throughout the fall of returning to in-person learning or going the route of a virtual classroom, for many, the decision has been made for them.

That decision was mandated by the “Pause to Save Lives” epidemic order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month, which requires all high schools and colleges to commit to a virtual learning format through Dec. 8 due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia reopens crisis fund in wake of increased COVID-19 cases

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, with stay-at-home orders resulting in closed businesses and thousands of residents claiming unemployment, instability — from finances to food security — ran rampant.

As a result, United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties launched a COVID-19 crisis fund to ensure resources were available to those in need of assistance, be it food, childcare or other essential services.

Montcalm County Juvenile/Probate Court attorneys get first pay raise in 32 years

The last time attorneys received a pay raise for handling Montcalm County Juvenile/Probate Court cases, Ronald Reagan was president with George H. W. Bush elected to succeed him, the first computer virus was publicized and the last Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant were produced by Chrysler.

The year was 1988 when attorneys began earning $50 per hour for handling abuse and neglect cases in Juvenile/Probate Court. They haven’t received a raise in the 32 years since.

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